Originally Posted by slosvt
Not too long ago I built my first HTPC, consisting of the following:
- Windows 8 Pro, WMC, Media Browser 3, MPC-HC w/MadVR
- Intel G1610/Asrock B75M-GL (DVI -> HDMI -> Denon Receiver -> LG PK550)
- Intel 60GB SSD
- Seagate 2TB HDD
- Silverstone ML03B
- 4 GB G-Skill Ram
- LG Blu-ray Drive
I am running out of space, so it is time to add some storage. I feel I have one of two options:
- Add a 2nd 2 or 3 TB HDD to my current HTPC
- Build a 2nd box
Primary purpose of the current HTPC is viewing of .mkv files. My fear with option 1 is one of the HDD's failing and losing a lot of material.
What would you do?
I would, and did, add more drives to my HTPC. I run disparity
as my RAID4 "protection". Basically, you need to buy two more discs, both the same size (and at least as large as your current disc), one for the extra storage space and one for the parity drive. Install disparity, add the data and parity drives in the easy to use GUI, and run update. It is not a backup, but if one of your drives fails it allows you to restore it when you replace it - AND it allows you to restore to a different location altogether.
My HTPC has the OS drive - C:\ (an SSD), the BluRay/HD-DVD Combo Drive - D:\, the Recorded TV and various saved files such as drives - E:\, an external Backup Drive - F:\ (for my acronis backups of all my PCs), the Parity drive - M:\, and then the Data drives - N:\ O:\ P:\ Q:\ and R:\. All but two of the Data drives are 4TB drives - but I am making ISOs of all my BluRays - including series such as Stargate Atlantis.
I would buy two 4 TB drives so you do not have to worry about it again for a LONG time, especially since you are using MKVs. Or, maybe a better solution, is to buy two 3TB drives and a 60GB or 120GB SSH, move all your movies to the two new HDDs, and clone your current drive to the SSD (since it should fit with all your movies removed). You can then format the no longer used OS HDD and move any movies off of one of the two new HDDs onto it. Then setup disparity to use that empty 3TB drive as your parity drive to protect the other two drives. It is always a good idea to have your OS drive physically separate from your Data drives. You can use Windows Backup to save your OS drive onto one of your HDDs to make it easy to recover in case it dies.